…As one superintendent tweeted, “Standards don’t teach children, teachers do.”
…There is no official information about who selected the individuals to write the Common Core standards. None of the writers of the math and English Language Arts standards have ever taught math, English, or reading at the K-12 level.
By Dr. Susan Berry
New York State parent activists who have been battling the Common Core standards say the announcement that the state’s education department will be making changes to its Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) amounts to “only words.”
The state’s education commissioner, MaryEllen Elia, says two committees, composed of parents and educators, have recommended changing 60 percent of the English Language Arts (ELA) standards and 55 percent of the math standards, reports the Associated Press.
However, Yvonne Gasperino and Glen Dalgleish, co-founders of Stop Common Core in New York State, tell Breitbart News the education department is simply drawing out the death of the highly unpopular Common Core.
“For the love of God, kill the rabid fox and put it out of its misery,” Gasperino and Dalgleish say. “Revive the ‘lost standards’ and bring them back to the table or revert to pre-Common Core days.”
Noting the failure of Common Core throughout the country, the activists – who have been fighting the federally incentivized program since 2009 – say New York’s educators are “more than capable of coming up with their own child-centered, age-appropriate standards that educate all children.” Continue reading at breitbart.com.
Here is a great opportunity to learn more about the greatest game changer in Alachua. Put it on your calendar so you too can be informed and help move this forward to help the entire county. ~Susan Baird
ENVISION ALACHUA OPEN HOUSE | OCTOBER 28
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)
Envision Alachua Design Studio
300 E University Ave
Gainesville, FL 32601
Join others to mix, mingle and share ideas at the Envision Alachua Design Studio located in the Chamber Building.
Enjoy appetizers and cocktails, while learning more about Envision Alachua and the planning process.
Let’s create our community’s future, together!
*RSVP is encouraged by not required; feel free to bring a friend!
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We hope you can make it!
Last Saturday our dear and dependable County watchdog, Bruce Nelson suffered four strokes. He is a fighter and is in stable condition and has been released from the hospital. Bruce is already back on the battle field giving direction. This coming Tuesday, Sept. 1st at 10 am the County will be reviewing the Sheriff’s budget on the second floor of the County Administration Building.
Bruce has always been there for us. I cannot think of any better medicine for Bruce than to have us filling the county auditorium in support of Law Enforcement.
A whirlwind of controversy is making its way across the nation regarding the flying of the Confederate flag on state grounds following the slaying of nine black people by a white supremacist in a Charleston, South Carolina church.
Excited to announce that we have John Hallman with Liberty First Network as a speaker for our Saturday June 27th meeting. Liberty First is one of the only, if not the only lobbying firm in Tallahassee that advocates for true Liberty and smaller government. A true Grassroots supporter.
John Hallman is an active, longtime voice in all levels of Florida politics and is a veteran of advocating issues of liberty in the Florida legislature. John also has served as the State Director for FreedomWorks; the pro-free market organization as well as Deputy Director of Florida Stop Lawsuit Abuse. While in Tallahassee, John has represented such groups as Florida Taxpayers Union, Cut Property Taxes Now, The Second Amendment Coalition of Florida and The Florida Campaign for Liberty. Besides his work in Tallahassee, John also serves on the Leadership Team of the Liberty Empowerment Institute. John teaches activists training schools, is a frequent guest on radio talk shows and has written numerous articles promoting the cause of individual liberty.
Please invite any students in your family to attend as this would be a great opportunity to have them learn how Florida government REALLY works.
Well, well, well. It was just a matter of time before one of the Alachua County Commissioners let it be known that the reason the sheriff deputies are not getting a raise this year is because they keep busting people for pot. Commissioner Hutchinson has made it well known that he has told the Sheriff that deputies need to stop busting people for marijuana offenses. Regardless of how one may feel about legalized marijuana, the deputies have a duty to enforce the laws that are on the books. Don’t like the laws, then change the laws. You cannot tell deputies that their livelihood is dependent on ignoring certain laws that the Commissioner does not like. In most states there are laws against such actions. This is worrisome enough that we hope the Sheriff will pursue legal action against such intimidation.
Now that we have your interest, please click on the link below to view a copy of Tuesday’s County Commission Special meeting.
You can move the cursor to the 2 hour 45 min mark (2:45:00) and catch most of Commissioner Hutchinson’s comments ranging from taking control of the jail and not allowing room for minor drug offenders, informing the TV land viewers that if they get busted to ask for a trial by jury because you will most certainly get off and finally telling officers “Sorry, you didn’t get your raise because you are busting people.”
The whole section lasts about 15 minutes- http://alachua.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=8&clip_id=2776
My personal views on drugs are irrelevant. Many of our readers know that the war on drugs has not worked. Just as the war on poverty or the war on most anything has not worked. The WAR has become a business in and of itself. So let’s see what needs to change. There are so many pieces to the puzzle and the biggest piece is personal responsibility. But as the Government continues to take control of 100% of our daily lives the personal responsibility piece becomes smaller and smaller.
We can not have a group of County Commissioners influence the way police officers do their jobs (Protect You) just because they may not like a law. Can anyone say Politicians and Baltimore crime rate?
If you send an email to the address below it will automatically go to each of the five Commissioners. Let them know how you feel!
Our Saturday May 23rd meeting is a great way to start off the Memorial Day Weekend. Looking forward to hearing this author and reading his book.
Let’s show him a great patriotic Gainesville welcome.
Alachua County residents BEWARE! Your county commissioners are moving yet again to further curtail your property rights. Go to the link below for the information you need provided by Terry Martin-Back, developer and well-schooled activist who is sounding the alarm. Contact Terry and get involved to help fight against another egregious move towards destroying your property rights.
Yes, the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is at it again. Well, they never have stopped dictating your every action, but this is just another example of what they are doing.
Tuesday the Commission will vote on a Resolution supporting never allowing Fracking in the State. Guess they must love GRU’s biomass plant with the highest electric rates in the state and dislike of business potential.
Here is a copy of the language-
Realizing that the vote will be in the morning while most are working, please send an email with your comments. You can either send one email to the whole Board at BOCC@Alachuacounty.us
or individually to each Commissioner-
Mike Byerly, District 1, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lee Pinkoson, District 2, email@example.com
Robert “Hutch” Hutchinson, Vice Chair – District 3, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ken Cornell, District 4, KCornell@alachuacounty.us
Charles “Chuck” Chestnut, IV, Chair – District 5, email@example.com
Just cut and paste the address and your good to go.
Below is further information that has been submitted to the Board for their consideration.
In regards to the Resolution banning fracking under consideration by the Alachua County Commission
The proposed resolution, among other factors, ignores the fact that there is alternative legislation in development that may be more effective at regulating oil and gas wells than HB 169. Please consider the following:
I. What subject matter experts were consulted in the preparation of this resolution? Oil and gas permitting within the state of Florida is via the Oil and Gas Program within the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FL DEP), the same agency that protects our water resources. Their authority is established by Florida Statute 377 and the Florida Administrative Code.
Was the FL DEP consulted in preparation of this resolution? Is the commission claiming that the FL DEP is incapable of regulating oil and gas wells?
II. A resolution this sweeping deserves a hearing where the public and Commissioners can hear from subject matter experts from all viewpoints. What is the rush to pass this resolution without opportunity for public review and comment?
III. Statements by government officials based on scientific reports. Here is a sampling of statements by government officials regarding Fracking:
A. Paraphrasing from an article on the Energy in Depth web site:
President Obama’s U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has offered a sharp rebuke for local, regional and statewide bans on hydraulic fracturing in comments made to Northern California NPR. Citing the regulatory confusion created by a patchwork of local and regional bans and her belief that fears associated with hydraulic fracturing are not founded in “sound science,” Jewell stated “I would say that is the wrong way to go,”.
Jewell, who has previously stated that hydraulic fracturing “has been done safely for decades,” also specifically addressed New York’s recent permanent ban on hydraulic fracturing. Citing misinformation and a lack of understanding of the science behind the process, Jewell did not mince words on where she stands on the state’s course of action: “There is a lot of misinformation about fracking,” Jewell said of New York’s decision last month to ban fracking. “I think that localized efforts or statewide efforts in many cases don’t understand the science behind it, and I think there needs to be more science.”
From Energy In Depth, “Obama’s Interior Secretary Says Fracking Bans are ‘Wrong Way to Go’ January 2, 2015, by Randy Hildreth. see http://energyindepth.org/
B. From Philly.com: Fracking is making state and Phila. energy leaders
Posted: Monday, February 2, 2015, 1:07 AM, By Kevin L. Colosimo. Read more athttp://www.philly.com/philly/
“Beyond all of that, the claim that is driving the calls for a ban – fracking is hazardous – simply is not true.
Fracking, done responsibly, is safe. Steven Chu, the former energy secretary and no fan of fossil fuels, has said so. Ernest Moniz, the current energy secretary, has said so. Ken Salazar, the former interior secretary, has said so. Lisa Jackson, the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, told Congress that she knew of no proof that fracking has ever contaminated groundwater.
Meanwhile, studies from the EPA, the Groundwater Protection Council, and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission have all concluded the process does not pose a risk to the environment. A technical report from the Department of Energy that focused on Greene County, Pa., found “there was no detectable upward migration of gas or fluids from the hydraulically-fractured Marcellus Shale” into drinking water aquifers. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology studied the potential risks of fracking and uncovered “no incidents of direct invasion of shallow water zones by fracture fluids during the fracturing process.””
IV. The resolution ignores certain facts about oil and gas in Florida:
Concerning impact of oil and gas drilling on contamination of water resources: According to Levi Sciara, FL Department of Environmental Protection:
Consider the above information: If you are concerned about polluting water, there is about 8,000 ft of land mass between the fracking site and the aquifer (10,000 ft oil well depth less 2000 ft bottom of acquifer = 8,000 ft in between). If you are concerned about polluting water, what is the better alternative, 4 or 5 or 6 wells punched through the aquifer if fracking can’t be used or just the single well that fracking allows?